The Cuckoo (Anonymous)

“The Cuckoo” (British Version) Sheet Music (pdf).
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“The Cuckoo” (American Version) Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Cuckoo” (American Version) Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Anonymous.
Tune: Traditional.


Oh, the cuckoo is a pretty bird; she sings as she flies.
She brings you glad tidings, and she never lies.
She sips all the pretty flowers to make her voice clear,
And she never sings, “cuckoo,” ’til the spring of the year.

Come all ye fair maidens and listen to me.
Don’t hang your affections on a green growing tree,
For the leaves, they will wither, and the roots, they will die,
And you’ll all be forsaken and never know why.

But if he will leave me, I’ll not be forlorn,
And if he’ll forswear me, I’ll not be forsworn.
I’ll get myself up in my best finery,
And I’ll walk as proud by him as he walks by me.


Oh, the cuckoo, she’s a pretty bird.
She wobbles as she flies.
And she never sings, “cuckoo,”
’Til the fourth day of July.

I’ll build me a mansion
On the mountain so high,
So I can see Willie,
As I’m riding by.


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